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Deborah Martinson

Burbank, CA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1305)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "A great story, well told"
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    Would you listen to Code Name Verity again? Why?

    Two young women's stories intertwine with the history of WWII, of women pilots and spies, of France, England, Scotland and Germany


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Code Name Verity?

    Not telling. LOTS of memorable moments--even the small ones.


    Have you listened to any of Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this might be my first. It will not be my last.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This is a book I loved listening to every time I got to it--and was glad it was the one on my Ipod.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6942)
    Performance
    (6322)
    Story
    (6331)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "took a chance--found a winner"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I never review--but I found this book by Robert Galbraith and found it terrific in every way. If you want excellent characters, a sharp, believable mystery, perfect pacing--go for it. After finishing it I immediately went to see what else Galbraith had written. This is his first, and Glenister did the perfect job. I am gushing. Sorry. But I loved the book. Title doesn't do it justice. I hope Galbraith is busy with his next.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Always interesting, always well paced--just good.


    95 of 102 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (431)

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "Excellent on All Fronts"
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    If you could sum up The King's Speech in three words, what would they be?

    Biography, History, Drama


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The King's Speech?

    Listening to the actual broadcasts of the King as he progresses, both personally with his speech abilities and historically with the history of his country--just the right amount of footage


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene before, and through, the King's coronation speech


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Bertie's (later Duke and still later King) life as a young boy and young man


    Any additional comments?

    I had doubts that I would truly enjoy this, since I had loved the film and worried it would be a repeat. It adds much more to the story. Simon Vance is absolutely perfect as he narrates.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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